Published January 26, 2012
Bible Studies for Life, Feb 5
Almost two years ago my first grandchild was born, the first on both sides of her family. As you can guess, she became the center of attention for all us proud grandparents.
Jocelyn really became the center of everything we grandparents thought about and did. Money usually went to purchasing something for our new granddaughter. Calendar planning began to revolve around when our granddaughter was going to be at our house.
Technology makes grandparenting even better. Anytime we have a special moment with our granddaughter, we can pull out the phone camera and capture the moment to share with friends and family.
The only thing that takes away from Jocelynís attention now is that we have a second grandchild. Noah is the first grandson on both sides of his family. As you may guess, both grandchildren are the center of attention for us.
Although I have referred to my grandchildren as the center of everything, my family knows that I believe and try to live out the reality that Christ is to be our center of everything. When Christ is the center of our plans to spending money, calendar planning and conversation with family and friends, I have found that everything else becomes grander.
Why beliefs matter - Colossians 1:9-12
We can easily be distracted in this fast-paced and constantly-changing world. With these worldly distractions comes worldly living. That it is why we must have a firm and unchanging belief in what is really important and what must be the center of our lives.
If we do not have that firmly fixed in our hearts and minds, we will be constantly changing our attention to what seems exciting or convincing.
The writer of Colossians prayed Christians would be filled with the knowledge of Godís will through spiritual wisdom and understanding. He knew that a deep-rooted belief is what really keeps our lives centered on Christ. The world is constantly changing, but Godís word remains the same. Just like the core muscles of our bodies have to be strong to maintain physical stability, our core beliefs have to be strong to maintain spiritual stability.
The word ďfilledĒ in verse 9 means to be made complete. Godís Word furnishes us with what we need to fulfill Godís will and live a fruitful life.
Notice that verse 10 mentions growing in the knowledge of God. We donít just come to know Godís word and will; it is a constant growing process. Just like daily food is necessary to maintain our physical health, daily time in Godís word is necessary to maintain an understanding of it.
The word used for knowledge means ďto recognize.Ē We are daily facing challenges that require us to recognize Godís word for handling those challenges in a way that will please Him.
Note: Comments on verses 13-14 are covered in the last section.
Who Christ is - Colossians 1:15-20
In writing to the church at Colosse, the apostle Paul knew the Christians would only be able to make Christ the center of everything if they understood who Christ was to them and every Christian. We have a natural tendency to only center our lives around what means the most to us. A lot of babies have been born in our church family in my time as pastor, but none receive my undivided attention like my grandchildren.
The early Church heard lots of teachers, but had to know that Christ was not just a teacher. He was and is God in human form. Paul said He is the image of the invisible God Ė the representative that fills the place of the invisible God.
Paul also identified Christ as first born. The Greek words that were used meant that Christ was of first or highest rank of all produced. Christ did not redeem us just as a representative of God, but as God himself with highest rank over all creation.
One of the most powerful statements about Christ is in verse 17. It states that by Him all things hold together. Christ not only redeemed us by His blood, but it is by Him that all things hold together.
The human body is made up of many cells that form to make us who we are. In the makeup of the body there is a protein called laminin that serves as a glue to hold all our cells together. If you look at it through a microscope, you would see that laminin is shaped like a cross.
It reminds me that it is through the cross of Christ that all things hold together and He is worthy to be the head of the Church.
What Christ has done - Colossians 1:13-14, 21-23
Isnít it great to know that what we could not do for ourselves, Christ has done for us? In verse 14, Paul says that Christ has rescued us from the domain of darkness. Christ died to rescue or save us from the power that sin had on us. In Ephesians 5:8, Paul referred to darkness as the sin non-Christians lived in until they came into the light of the Lord. He who had no sin, became sin for us.
Godís greatest pleasure was to work through Christ to reconcile us back to Him. ďReconcileĒ here means to come together for a change. Christ died for our sins to bring us back to God, and back to a relationship that would be better than before.
Because of what Christ has done for us, we should be doing something for Him. Salvation is not just about receiving a heavenly home, but itís about continuing the ministry of reconciliation that Paul talks about in 2 Cor. 5:18.
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